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  • Eugene Adkins 6:23 am on 2015-11-05 Permalink | Reply
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    If we want the shot to count… 

    I try to look for spiritual/scriptural connections when I watch TV, read news articles and walk around in this world. That’s why when I saw the video below, I immediately thought of, “…if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2:5)

    I’m not taking anything away from the shot – it’s amazing! But regardless of how amazing it is to our eyes, the shooter was out-of-bounds in the eyes of the rules…so the shot didn’t count.

    We would do well to remember Paul’s spiritual admonition to Timothy; if we want our shots in life to count, we need to make sure we’re on the right side of the out-of-bounds line.

    Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

    (as a side-note, please keep in mind that TFR does not endorse any advertisements that may appear in connection to the video below)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 10:03 pm on 2015-10-28 Permalink | Reply
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    A link to a video you’ve probably heard about 

    This young lady shows great composure while describing the interaction she had with her 7th grade (atheistic) teacher that basically gave her, and her class, an ultimatum: Deny that God is real or fail the assignment

    After clicking on the picture’s link (which takes you to the school’s site), click on “Item 8 – Open Forum” to watch the original footage in full length.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:49 am on 2015-07-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Video clip worth watching 

    You may have already seen this video as it begins to make its major rounds in the media and on the Internet, but in case you haven’t seen it, it’s one worth watching.

    There are so many spiritual applications that could be made in connection to this “caught-on-camera-moment” that most people should be able to immediately think of a few points and scriptures. On top of that, a video like this can pull at the heart-strings of any parent worth his or her salt. And taking the reality of the moment for what’s it worth is something that shouldn’t be missed – that being how wonderful the little, and often taken for granted, blessings of life really are.

     

     
  • TFRStaff 6:49 am on 2015-06-02 Permalink | Reply
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    A Loving God and an Eternal Hell–Video: (Part 6) 

    This video, along with the rest of the series, can be found by visiting this link.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 10:32 am on 2014-11-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Roadmap to heaven 

    David Kenney put together this “Roadmap to Heaven.”

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    He also mentioned this video that explains the roadmap:

     
    • Beth 6:45 pm on 2014-12-01 Permalink | Reply

      This roadmap is only a beginning. If, after these things are accomplished, you do nothing else, certain death will result.

      What is spiritual growth?
      First we must ask, “What is spiritual life?”
      • Born again of water and spirit – not a physical birth – an unseen birth (2 Cor. 4:18)
      • First must become a disciple of Christ – Matt. 28:19 with a mind to do God’s will and not our own 2 Cor. 5:15 (having crucified or killed the old man Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10; Rom. 6:6) risen to walk in newness of life Rom 6:3-6, buried with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,
      • Spiritual life starts with the birth of a spiritual baby at baptism
      Once born, we must grow. We are not born full grown, but begin as a spiritual newborn.
      • 1 Cor. 3:1 babes in Christ, 1 Pet. 2:2 as newborn babes, desire milk to grow
      • Have become such as have need of milk and not strong meat Heb. 5:12-14
      • Not laying again the foundation of… Heb. 6:1 “of full age” in Heb. 5:14 and “perfection” in Heb. 6:1 is same word as “”perfect” – [complete] that is used in Eph. 4:13 – the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. THAT’s our goal for spiritual “maturity.”
      • Gal. 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
      • Spiritual babyhood cannot be an endless state – Eph. 4:13-15. The hope of every parent for their child is that they will reach adulthood.
      • As a disciple, the point is to be AS our Master. That is the very definition of a disciple. Luke 6:40 If I am not like my Master yet, then I must grow in order to reach that likeness.
      Satan encourages us not to worry about growing, to expect less of ourselves than God requires.
      • Jer. 6:13-16 Peace, peace, when there is no peace, healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly
      • Jude 1: 4 Turned the grace of God into lasciviousness (G766 aselgeia – licence – lacking legal or moral restraints, permissiveness. “It’s OK to do what you want”)
      • 2 Pet. 2:18 -22 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness ( again, the same word G766 lascivious, lacking restraint, license) , those that were clean escaped from them who live in error – they promise liberty, but are themselves the servants of corruption.
      • Zech. 10:2 They comfort in vain
      • Micah 2:17 Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord
      • Jer. 23: 14, 17, 21-22 If they had stood in MY counsel, and caused my people to hear MY words, then they should have turned them from their evil way…

      Why would spiritual growth matter?
      We are told to examine ourselves. If the state of our inner man did not matter, what would be the point of examining ourselves?
      • Examine yourselves
      2Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
      • Examine ourselves, and judge ourselves in order to try to make changes before God has to judge us, so we don’t have to be chastened.

      • What good would it do for us to examine ourselves if we are not going to try to change the flaws that we see?
      Jas 1:18, 21-25 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
      …21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
      22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
      23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
      24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
      25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
      • What’s the point of looking into the mirror? Comparing ourselves to what we see in Christ (via scripture) IS the mirror.
      • Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
      • 2 Cor. 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

      As a disciple of Christ (Christian,) what is our aim/goal to grow toward?
      • To be a Christian IS to be a disciple.

      • This Christ-likeness is not something that is put on us at baptism like a cloak, in the eyes of God. This is a real process of growing in the spiritual qualities of heart that Christ possessed, and putting off our old ungodly qualities, the works of the flesh. (shown very clearly in examples and specifics in Gal. 5:16-6:10; Eph. 4:15-6:18; and Col. 3:1-4:6., among other places.)
      • Spiritual growth must be something we are actively engaged in, 2 Pet. 1:5-10 Add to your faith virtue… 2 Pet. 1:3-15 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;….. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off…

      How much growth is enough?
      • Matt. 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.
      • Phil. 2: 5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
      • 1 Pet. 2:21-23 For even hereunto were you called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps
      • God Himself is the one Who has the authority to determine to what point He expects us to grow: Eph. 4 – to be like Christ in our inner (spiritual) man.
      • Not an assumed righteousness that is “put on us” after our death, but a real change that occurs over time (through experience James 1:1-5, chastening, Heb. 12:1-11, etc.) in our hearts and minds in this life. 1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
      We cannot accomplish this goal on our own, but through God we are able:
      • Eph. 3:14-21
      14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
      15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
      16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
      17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
      18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
      19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
      20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
      21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

      We are able to be partakers of the nature of God through the promises He has given us. With that in mind, we need to actively add the qualities of heart that Jesus possessed.

      So practically speaking, what can I do to become more like Jesus, who is the measure of what I am to become? I must see what He was in heart and mind and soul, and actively strive to become like that.
      • Eph. 4:13-15 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
      In other scriptures and in other ways we are instructed to change and grow spiritually; this is a daily process that we must be about:
      • 2 Cor. 6:11-13 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened (4730 hemmed in) in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
      • 2 Cor. 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. –Renewed – G341 ἀνακαινόω anakainoō From G303 and a derivative of G2537; to renovate:
      • Rom. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
      • Eph. 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind
      • Col. 3:10 We are renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.
      • John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
      • If spiritual babyhood continues, or we regress from a stronger state, we run the risk of being lost. Heb. 6:1-6; I am afraid of you, lest I have labored in vain, Gal. 4:9-11

  • TFRStaff 8:31 pm on 2014-10-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: David Shannon speaks on Masculinity 

     

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 4:13 pm on 2014-10-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Things that go bump in the church (video sermon by Steve Higginbotham) 

     
  • Eugene Adkins 8:09 pm on 2014-07-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Video Sermon: The Power of God’s Truth 

    Here’s the lesson by a brother named Eddie Sanders that I mentioned a few weeks back. (Err, scratch that. I’m going to leave the link but that lesson outline was from Monday night; the video is from Tuesday night) It was recorded by some brothers doing some local studio work for GBN.

    I’ll let brother Sanders’ lesson speak for itself.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:47 am on 2013-09-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: Bully Pulpit or Something Else? 

    I don’t know if you have seen this video, but take a look and come back and leave a comment describing your thoughts with 50 words or less…if you can keep it to that.

    I thought it might get some interesting dialogue going.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:33 am on 2013-08-06 Permalink | Reply
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    James Watkins on the “The Foolishness of God vs. Man’s Wisdom” 

    So many people often reject the truth of the gospel because it doesn’t “make sense” to them. In this video from “Preaching the Gospel” brother Watkins addresses the difference between trusting God by faith and trusting God because of our logic. It’s a great basic lesson that can address so many spiritual issues that our divided religious world is facing today.

     

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:21 pm on 2013-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Video sermon: Persuade men now 

    A friend of mine sent me this sermon he preached last Sunday. Ron comes to Brazil occasionally with his job and preaches and teaches for us here in the Vale. Enjoy!

     

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:49 pm on 2013-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: How great Thou art 

    This has a bit of humming in the beginning, if that bothers you, but otherwise a very nice arrangement, sung by one fellow.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 8:00 am on 2013-05-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Remembering Memorial Day 

    How can you forget a day of remembering? It happens a lot easier than what some may think…and there are some strong spiritual applications in that point, but regardless, this morning I’m particularly thinking of the American holiday that goes by the name “Memorial Day.” It’s the day when a large part of America goes on a camping trip or cooks out on the grill or takes advantage of a sale; you know, the stuff you’re not supposed to forget to do on Memorial Day, right?

    Now I’m probably going to eat some food that’s been cooked on the grill today, so I’m not saying that the things mentioned above are wrong per say (cause my, how hypocritical that would be of me!). The point of what I am saying is that America, at least the larger part, has forgotten what we’re supposed to remember. Today I’m going to look at the American flag with different eyes. For a moment I’m going to try to see the men and women who no longer have the chance to see the flag fly because of their service. I’m going to try to remember that many of America’s blessings have come through the curses that they bore. Is this too much to ask on a day that I get off from work?

    The ole’ Huff Post is a news website that I read from time to time. I don’t necessarily read it because it’s a good site, I mostly read it because of the unique stories that you can find there; but today I must give them their credit for a story worth watching. I encourage everyone to watch this recorded interview, but I caution you that the video shows the cost of war. It’s not full of blood of guts – for then it would be a Hollywood movie. Instead it shows the pain and horror that POW’s must endure. The video itself revolves around the story of one solider in particular, named Joe Delmar (I guess that’s the correct spelling – Huff Post has it spelled two different ways), who was dubbed “The Human Skeleton.” The man survived, so in many ways his cause is meant to reflect upon those who didn’t survive, but regardless, if you watch this video and you see what he lived through, I promise you’ll look differently at your hamburger today.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 12:01 pm on 2013-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Why the church of Christ 

    This homemade video, from a Georgia congregation, has good content, in spite of some background noise.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 7:12 am on 2012-11-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Living with integrity 

    I was blessed this morning hearing Bobby Stafford’s lesson, “A Man of Integrity,” given in the Granby, Mo., church. David Hersey posted it on YouTube. I recommend it to you.

    I understand that it was integrity Joe Warlick referred to when he said,

    Would to God that we all could say this! What a different power would work among us if it were true!

     
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